Artists


“Ko’olau’s craftsmanship, innovative design, intonation, and playability is simply in a class of its own. I am happy to be a part of Ko’olau’s family of performing artists and look forward to many great musical things to come.”   Abe Lagrimas Jr.

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. – One of finest multi-talented musicians from Hawaii, has taken his form of ‘ukulele jazz to a new level. 

Aaron Mahi Hawaii’s most notable Bandleader. Former leader of the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Amos Lee – Singer/Songwriter. Folk, soul, rhythm & blues

Anuhea – Performer, recording artist, song writer.  Plays Ko’olau and Pono guitars and ‘ukuleles. 

Benny ChongOne of the original living jazz Ukulele players. Played with the Don Ho Band for 25 years. 



Bruno Mars
 
Hawaii raised  mega star plays Koolau/Pono!  

Bruno Mars
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Lyle Ritz – The Jazz Master of ‘Ukulele.   The most respected jazz ‘ukulele legends. 

Paul HemmingsJazz ukulele player and recording artist.  Resides, plays and teaches in NYC.

Ledward Kaapana – Multi talented slack key  master.  Plays Ko’olau and Pono guitars & ‘ukuleles. 

Kimo Hussey – Ukulele Teacher, performer, and founder of the Pacific Music Foundation.

Mike Keale –  Performer and Recording Artist. Mike grew up and played music with his cousin, Israel Kamakawiwa’ole and uncle, Moe Keale.

Imua Garza –  Imua has been playing ukulele all his life. His styles with Opihi Picker’s influenced a generation of local uke players. .

Michael Lande – Composer and co-founder of Music Orange, providing music for commercial television and radio advertising. As you notice, many advertisements now have an ukulele in the background.  Michael uses his Ko’olau tenor.

Makua Rothman-  Makua is a surfer, a musician and connoisseuer of the finer things. And, a good guy.  Check out his Ko’olau!

 Trey Terada-  Founder of  Four Strings Studio in Kaneohe, the inspiration and introduction of many of today’s ‘ukulele masters.

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Craig SharmatComposer and Songwriter for TV and Movies.

Chino MonteroPerformer and Recording Artist.  Now a legend, Chino will always be known as one of Hawaii’s finest guitar and ‘ukulele masters. 

Craig Brandau Multi-talented guitar and ‘ukulele recording artist.

Ernie Cruz Jr.Will always be remembered as one of Hawaii’s greatest contemporary musicians.  And a man with a big heart. 

Greg Hawkesco-founder of the band The Cars (now a devoted ‘ukulele enthusiast).

Henry Kapono Ka’aihue  – more popularly known as Henry Kapono, or simply “Kapono”. Solo Singer/songwriter and part of Hawaii’s most famous and largest recording duo C & K (Cecileo and Kapono).

Jin TakumaProfessional recording artist, performer, and teacher in Japan.  Performs and records on a Ko’olau Tenor ‘Ukulele with his wife Keiko on guitar and vocals.

Jeff “Skunk” BaxterGuitarist for Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, and even a member of an early Jimi Hendrix band.  One of the old “rockers” who discovered the ‘ukulele.

Jimmy Buffett Legendary Singer/songwriter.  

Jesse Colin YoungSinger/songwriter, founding member of the famous 60’s/70’s band “Youngbloods” with their signature song “Get Together” ……

Joe CravenThe “Uke of Hazzard” Violinist and percussionist for the David Grisman Quintet

John Valentine John is a Singer, Guitarist, and Ukulele player and whatever else you put in his hands. He is an incredible talent from the islands. John helped his nephew Bruno Mars in his early years.  

Jon PrownPerformer and Recording Artist

Kelly SlaterA 10 time World Champion surfer. Kelly is also a musician and plays a custom made Ko’olau ‘ukulele. 

Kalei Gamiao – Performer and recording artist. When not touring, Kalei assists Hawaii Music Supply in sales and instrument demo’s. 

Larry SpaldingMaster harmonica player, famous locally for his Hapa recording “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai” and pictured in concert with his Ko’olau Solidbody 8-String Baritone.

Michael Kaplan – Leads The Ukulele Cowboy Society 

Nico’oUkulele performer and recording artist from France.

Bart Simpson–  More known  for his acting skills but this closet ukeist  can really jam!

Wahiawa Police Department – Our Famous Wahiawa ‘Ukulele Band-

Well…. not really famous, but how many city police stations look like this? This is “Law enforcement with Aloha” Pictured are members of the Honolulu Police Department, Wahiawa Division jamming and taking lessons during lunch break. Maybe this is a solution to the stress of “law and order”  I think the “chief” at the time put a stop to this, insisting that while the world was falling apart, these guys were having too much fun.  In truth, these 10 minute jams were the solution to not letting this world get the best of them.